So a couple of weeks ago I started researching on how to make bath bombs with my friends. We thought it would be really fun and we may save money along the way by making our own instead of buying them all the time! So we tried and that attempt flopped, I still wanted to make them but now I knew what was the most important thing to get and what is difficult to get in normal shops and that’s citric acid. Seriously, if you’re thinking of doing this you can get these easily on Ebay for £2.99 but not in many stores. This is what creates the fizz when you make your bath bombs.
For essential oils we bought this from boots and it cost around £5. We chose lavender because we knew it would be a nice relaxing smell and that if we didn’t use it in bath bombs, you can use it in the bath by itself to relieve stress. Make sure the oil can be used in the bath that way you know it will be okay to use in bath bombs and won’t cause any reactions.
- 1 cup citric acid
- 2 cups baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- 20-30 drops of essential oil – you might need more or less depending on the strength of the fragrance.
- 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil, apricot oil, or olive oil (optional)
- 15-20 drops of food colouring (optional)
- A tiny bit of water
What me and my boyfriend did was get quite a deep plastic container, just like a sandwich box will do but something you don’t mind getting dirty. Put all the dry ingredients into it first mixing it evenly with a wooden spoon. Then, when that’s all mixed in either get a old spray bottle that you don’t want to use anymore and mix all the food colouring, essential oil and olive oil into the bottle and shake it (if you don’t have one of these you can add the ingredients individually and mix fast). Then you spray this onto the mixture one spray at a time and mix fast. This is so that the citric acid does not create a reaction as this is what causes the bath bombs to fizz. After you are happy with the consistency, it should feel like damp sand so if the mixture has not done this add a tiny bit of water by either the spray bottle or just adding it quickly and minimal amounts at a time.
When you are happy it’s time to transfer it into containers, we used these little cube shaped containers which we got 5 for £1 from poundland which were really nice shapes for bath bombs, you can also use a cake tin or you can buy bath bomb moulds on ebay!
What you need to do is add a bit at a time and make sure you are patting down the mixture as compact as you can possibly get it! This is what makes the bath bomb work. Once that is all patted down and as compact as you can get it then put it in the freezer for 2-3 hours so that the moisture gets taken out and so that the bath bombs can set. Then we chose to leave it over night, the bath bombs need to be completely dry before you use them, that way they will fizz and create the best effect in the bath.
Then you are finished!
The only thing I would do differently with mine is put my blue food colouring so that the bath bombs would be purple but other than that they worked really well!
Thanks for reading xxx